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Correspondence to Parents from Dr. Brent Hawkins & LISD


Posted Date: 07/07/2020

Correspondence to Parents from Dr. Brent Hawkins & LISD

Frequent updates are given by Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins on Facebook Live.  
Videos may be viewed on the Livingston Independent School District Facebook page.
LINK to videos.

 

August 19, 2020
Subject:  Change in Mask Protocol – Effective August 24
 

Dear Lion Country Parents,

The following changes are being made in LISD effective August 24, 2020:   

1) All students will wear a mask or face shield regardless of age both on campus as well as buses.     

2) We will move any students from in-person learning to Lions Online because of the change in mask protocols.Only grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be allowed to move to online learning and students can only move from in-person to online.  

Parents wishing to move their child to Lions online in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade can do so by emailing your child name, grade, and teacher to bhawkins@livingstonisd.com by 6:00 pm Friday, August 21st.  There will be no changes approved after this deadline.

This week we had a positive case of COVID on an elementary campus not included under the current mask order.  This resulted in other students with no mask having to be quarantined.   

We are making this change in order to ensure the health and safety of all LISD students and staff.

We appreciate our partnership with you and your diligence in screening for symptoms each day.

Thank you,

Dr. Brent Hawkins
LISD Superintendent



August 7, 2020
Subject:  Virtual Meet the Teacher

ATTENTION PARENTS:

Expect an email by Tuesday, August 11 with a link inviting you to a VIRTUAL Meet the Teacher meeting which will be held on Tuesday evening for Lions On-Campus students.

Meet the Teacher - Tuesday, August 11
5:00 pm - Pre-Kindergarten
5:15 pm - Kindergarten
5:30 pm - 1st grade
5:45 pm - 2nd grade
6:00 pm - 3rd grade
6:15 pm - 4th grade
6:30 pm - 5th grade
6:45 pm - LJH 6th-8th graders will meet with their 1st-period teacher
6:45 - 9th graders will meet with their 1st-period teacher.

*Junior High and High School students may view their full schedule in Parent Portal on Wednesday, August 12.

 


August 3, 2020

Subject:  Chromebook Pick Up for Lions Online

All students who are attending classes online as a designated Lions Online will need to pick up their Chromebook either on Thursday, Aug. 6, or Friday, Aug. 7 from 8:30 to 6:30 each day.  

Pickup at Livingston High School Campus - Main Doors for the following
ALL High School & LHS Academy Lions Online
ALL Elementary Lions Online 
ALL Pine Ridge Lions Online (Do not go to your home campus.)

Pickup at Junior High Campus - The Library Window next to the Main Doors for
ALL Junior High Lions Online

All Lions Online, (PreK - 12) are highly encouraged to purchase the $20 Chromebook insurance.  Payments in cash and check will be collected at each pick-up point.  Online payments can also be made utilizing the Lunch Money Now app located at the bottom of the district website's front page. 

The Chromebook Handbook is attached. chromebook_handbook_2.pdf 

Note this pick up is for Lions Online ONLY.  Students who are designated Lions On-Campus (Grades 6-12) will receive their Chromebooks once classes are in session.  

 


July 30, 2020
~First Day of School Changed to Thursday, August 13~

Dear Lion Country Families,

On July 28th the Texas Education Agency changed the Health Guidance that schools were given as a basis of the Reopening of School Plans.  This has caused disastrous consequences for the district as tremendous effort and public resources had been spent on the planning of these guidelines.  The district continues to meet all directives and guidelines set forth by the Texas Education Agency. I know this is extremely frustrating for each of you as it is for myself and our employees and I apologize for the lack of a consistent path forward from the TEA.  You have my word that we will continue to keep kids safe and do everything needed to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year to meet our students' needs.  In order to have a successful year, we all must continue to be positive for our children and communicate with each other.  

Registration will close on Monday, August 3 at 7:59 am and will not reopen until August 13.  If your student plans to ride the bus on the first day of school, bus registration must be complete by Monday, August 3 at 7:59 am.  We must have accurate numbers to provide as much social distance as possible.  Across the state, parents are being encouraged to take their students to school when feasible.

All questions about registration can be answered by contacting your child’s campus registrar during normal business hours.

The Final Summary of Reopening will be posted on the district website Thursday, August 6th, 2020 as per TEA Guidelines.

Thanks for your understanding,

Dr. Brent Hawkins 
Superintendent of Schools


July 27, 2020

Subject:  Registration Extended

If you have not begun the registration process for new or returning students, registration will remain open through Thursday, July 30 at 3:00 pm.

After July 30, registration will not re-open until August 6 which is the first day of school.

Thank you to those who have already registered.
 


 

July 20, 2020
Lion Country Families,

Our team has spent many hours amending and refining our re-opening school plan.  The draft of this plan is continuing to have health protocols and instructional plans refined for both Lions On-Campus and Lions Online.  This draft is making its way through the process of many stakeholders before it becomes finalized.  While we are all concerned with the current surge in positive cases from the virus, TEA’s guidance has shifted as a response and created some challenges in the planning process. We still expect a final plan by Friday.

I know that our faculty and staff want to be back with our children and for things to be as normal as possible.  The health of our students, faculty, and staff are the focus of our concern.  The road ahead may be challenging and one that we must do some things that are uncomfortable, but these changes are necessary. Our facility and environment will be structured for the safety and health of all involved.  I also know our faculty and staff love our Lions and will do our very best to ensure their education continues to progress.

We ask that as parents start the registration process tomorrow to please help us make plans for your student by selecting Lions On-campus or Lions Online.  I am attaching a template that compares our two programs for instructional delivery to help with your decision making.  

Link to On-campus vs. Online - https://www.livingstonisd.com/oncampusvsonline
 

The deadline is July 27th but the soonest the district knows where our Lions will be the better and we can be logistically ready for the start of school.  Also, if your Lion plans on riding a bus we ask that you register with LISD Transportation at the link below.

I know we are all up to meet the challenges that face us.  We will continue to communicate with you moving forward.  It is up to all of us to work together to ensure the best year possible for our students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brent Hawkins
LISD Superintendent


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BUS RIDERS 
If you plan to ride the school bus this year - please fill out this form.  
https://forms.gle/Ds4oj3Tp6kjsUrST7
Link to bus rider form in Spanish – https://forms.gle/pT3xJNUJx91nEMuw7

Deadline to submit form is Friday, July 31.

The bus rider handbook can be downloaded from the website -  Bus rider handbook

Sign up for the school bus tracking app for parents! Details found on our website - www.livingstonisd.com/herecomesthebus
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ONLINE REGISTRATION
Registration will reopen on August 13.
Click here for Registration Information - www.livingstonisd.com/registrationinfo


Thursday, July 16, 2020
COVID Update Video

Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins shares information regarding school opening.
Youtube Link – 
https://youtu.be/aWApvGm9HzE
 



Friday, July 10, 2020
Dear Lion Country Families,

I understand that some of you are trying to work your way through the decision-making process to choose between the two different instructional models that we are offering to our students Lions on-campus, and Lions online. The decision between Lions on-campus, which provides enhanced safety precautions and Lions online that will be more structured and rigorous online learning than our experience last spring, is a decision that is not being made lightly. Because of this, I am extending the deadline to make your decision until July 27th at 3:30 pm. This will afford parents time to review more detailed plans the district will be releasing the week of July 20th. Again, we will assume your child wants on-campus instruction unless you complete the attached form. Registration for all current and new students will take place this week as well. You have the full commitment of the faculty and staff to remain positive and work through these challenges. Our faculty and staff will model positivity, and we welcome your partnership for the good of our students. Our students deserve that positivity.

If you have further questions, please email info@livingstonisd.com

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Brent Hawkins

 


Thursday, July 9, 2020

We’ve had some questions regarding our plans to re-open school and we would like to provide you with additional information to help you make your decision.
We are attaching the guidance provided by the Texas Education Agency released on Tuesday, July 7 and we’ll address some of the frequently asked questions that have been submitted to us.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

• Will students be required to wear masks?
As per Governor Abbott’s order, schools are not exempt, and children ten years old and older will have to wear a mask.  If there is a change in the medical conditions that warrant a change in the Governor’s order, we will adjust to meet the guidelines and mandates.

• Will students attending in-person learning be socially distanced?
We will socially distance as much as possible within the constraint of our facilities.  The district is in process of removing all non-essential items to maximize instructional space.

• Will my child be able to participate in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities?
At this time, in-person students will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities to the full extent as possible.  Those in Remote Learning will not participate in these activities.

• Can my child switch between Remote Learning and In-Person Learning?
Changing between Remote Learning and In-Person Learning may only occur at the end of the LISD nine-week grading period.

• How will my child be graded in Remote Learning?
Students will have to submit online assignments and will be held to the same standards as the In-person Learning guidelines.  

• Will my child be held accountable for daily attendance in Remote Learning?
Yes.  Students in Remote Learning will have a daily progress monitoring measure and will be marked absent if they do not complete the daily assignment.   Per Texas Education Code, students are required to attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course or to be promoted to the next grade.  This requirement remains in force for the 2020-2021 school year with no current waivers available.

• Will transportation be provided this school year?
Yes.  Prior to boarding the bus, students will have to answer health screening questions, wear a mask, and sanitize hands upon boarding the bus.  

• Will in-person students be allowed to have recess and PE?
Yes. The district is working to make sure in these activities that we have enhanced safety and hygiene protocols.

• Will my child be able to have lunch in the cafeteria?
The district is currently working on logistics to provide lunch in the cafeteria following social distancing guidelines.

The district is continuing to work out details for re-opening and will release more information the week of July 20.  The district continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.  The district receives regular updates and guidance from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, and other local, state, and federal agencies including the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Cooperative Strategies regarding response, prevention and mitigation efforts.
Click to view  Texas Education Agency - SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance
 


July 7, 2020

Dear Lion Country Families,

Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, presented a quote that is as relevant to our society as anyone has brought forth during this pandemic, “We cannot allow this public health crisis to become a generational education crisis.”  We all are striving for the same goals of keeping everyone as safe as possible and accelerating learning.  It is extremely important that we do not lose sight of that on any level in the coming days.  While we are living in very divisive times, it is my prayer that we can focus united as Lion Country on these goals.  The district continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The district receives regular updates and guidance from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, and other local, state, and federal agencies including the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Cooperative Strategies regarding response, prevention and mitigation efforts. This direction has changed repeatedly over the last several months and will continue to evolve based on COVID-19 conditions across the state and our local community. We can and will get through these tough times by remaining flexible, friendly, and faithful to our goals.  I appreciate the patience and empathy that our community showed to our Senior Class last year as they were robbed of so many once in a lifetime opportunities.  We will all have to show that same dedication to our current classes as we navigate them through these tough times to many better days that are in their future and lives that are better than before the COVID-19 arrived.

The virus is still here and it will change things so please allow me to walk you through some of the changes and timelines that will be helpful for you to know as our community and parents.  LISD will offer both on-campus in-person instruction and remote instruction during the 2020-21 school year. Parents will have the option to choose which model is best for their students.

This communication is being emailed to the parent of every enrolled student through School Messenger.  A link to the commitment form is found below. Parents should use a separate form to communicate plans for each student by Monday, July 27.  If the District does not receive a commitment form for a student by July 27, it will be automatically assumed that the student will attend on-campus classes.

This timely feedback is critical to LISD in preparing for the first day of school on August 6. The District must have this data when planning for master schedules, classroom space, remote learning, and how we can best meet the needs of our students on a holistic level when they return.  The district is excited to get our students back with our staff.  We will be releasing more detailed health and safety protocols that are enhanced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as soon as the State provides their guidance to the district to ensure that we are aligned. 

Students who choose the remote learning environment will notice a different program as well as enhanced expectations than what was offered in the Spring.  Students choosing remote learning will only be allowed to transition back to in-person instruction on campus at the end of our grading periods.  Students will be required to log in each day and show progress toward their learning in order to be counted in attendance.  The district has expectations that students will follow their class schedules and make assigned meetings with the teacher.  The district will provide more information about this remote learning option the week of July 20th.

LISD students will register for enrollment from July 21 to July 27.  This year the district will be providing school supplies for students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade.  The district “Meet the Teacher Night” will change to provide precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our community.  Pre-K through 5th grade will schedule a virtual “Meet the Teacher” August 4 and August 5.  Our 6th through 12th grade will be scheduled in a “Fall Conference” once school starts.

The district will continue to expedite information as soon as we get it.  We are appreciative of your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions about our COVID-19 response you can email info@livingstonisd.com.  May each of you have a blessed rest of your week.

Sincerely,
Brent E. Hawkins


 


 

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